Citizens' Police Academy

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Our Citizens’ Police Academy is one of our most popular programs. It teaches you about the structure and activities of our department and gives you the opportunity to meet and interact with officers. You will learn about:

  • Patrol procedures

  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drones)

  • Investigations

  • Traffic enforcement

  • K9 and tactical units

  • Firearms and Use of Force

  • Crime scene processing

  • School Resource Unit

  • Tours of the Adult Detention Center in Olathe and Johnson County Crime Lab. *Tours are facilitated by the Johnson County Sheriff's Office and subject to their availability.

There is no cost to attend. 

Dates and Location

Our 12-week Citizens Police Academy runs twice a year, beginning each January and September. This class is held on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the Lenexa Police Department, 12500 W. 87th St. Pkwy., Lenexa, KS 66215.

Our next session which runs from Jan. 5 to March 23, 2022 is nearly full. Applicants that cannot be accommodated for this class will be given first priority for our next session which begins in September 2022.

 Apply for the Citizens' Police Academy


You must be at least 18 years old, live or work in Lenexa and have no significant criminal record. We will conduct criminal history background checks on each participant. The Chief of Police will make the final decision about the suitability of your participation. Applicants who do not live or work in Lenexa will be considered on a case by case basis.

Automatic disqualifiers

You may not participate in the Citizens’ Police Academy if your past includes any of the following: 

  • Conviction of a felony or an offense that constitutes a felony in Kansas or the United States

  • Conviction of a Class A or B misdemeanor in the past five years

  • Conviction of any crime of a sexual nature

  • Dishonorable discharge from any branch of the United States Armed Forces

  • Exhibiting conduct that disrupts, diminishes or jeopardizes public trust in the Lenexa Police Department.

Contact Information

Master Police Officer Danny Chavez,, 913.825.8040

Volunteer Opportunities

To become a volunteer with the Lenexa Police Department, you must first successfully complete the Citizens' Police Academy.